Christopher V. Synatschke


Christopher Synatschke studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, including a DAAD-supported research stay at the Center for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at The University of New South Wales, Australia. He then pursued his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Axel H.E. Müller, studying multicompartment micelles and star-shaped polyelectrolytes. During this time, Christopher had the opportunity to visit the group of Prof. Kazunori Kataoka at The University of Tokyo for a 6-month research project on anti-cancer therapy. After completing his PhD with distinction (summa cum laude) in 2013, he then joined the group of Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University in Chicago as a Feodor-Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow (Humboldt Foundation) working on supramolecular-covalent hybrids. Upon returning to Germany in 2017, Christopher joined the Department for Synthesis of Macromolecules headed by Prof. Tanja Weil at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research first as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to group leader in 2018 where he now combines his background in polymer and supramolecular chemistry to develop self-assembled biomaterials. From 2018 to 2021, he was a member of the Early Career Advisory Board for ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering and since 2021 serves as a Review Editor for Frontiers in Biomaterial Science.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

since 2018 / Group Leader / Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

2017 - 2018 / Postdoctoral Researcher / Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

2014 - 2017 / Postdoctoral Researcher / Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

2013 / Postdoctoral Researcher / University of Bayreuth


2009 - 2013 / PhD Candidate / University of Bayreuth

2008 - 2012 / Elite Study Program "Macromolecular Science" / University of Bayreuth

2005 - 2009 / Diplom Chemie / University of Bayreuth



2022 / Nachwuchsstipendium of the Macromolecular Division of the German Chemical Society

2018 / Feodor Lynen Return Fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation 

2017 / "Rising Stars of SQI” lecture award 

2015 - 2017 / Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation 

2013 / Presentation and Travel Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 

2010 - 2012 / Ph.D. Scholarship from the State of Bavaria within the “Bavarian Elite Support Program

2012 / Scholarship from the “Center for Medical Systems Innovation” (CMSI) at The University of Tokyo

2009 / Participant at the “Nobel Laureates Meeting” in Lindau, Germany 

2007 - 2008 / Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Academic Service

2018 - 2021 / Early Career Advisory Board of ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 

Reviewer for ACS Nano, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., Journal of the American Chemical SocietyPolymer, Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, Polymer Chemistry, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Omega, Advanced Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and others.

Evaluations of proposals and appointments for Carl Zeiss Foundation, The Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, and Canada Research Chair

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